Jesse Parent

Jesse Parent is a Somerset, Massachusetts native who moved to Utah in 1997. He currently resides in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Jesse has a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, works as a software engineering manager, is a nationally touring improvisational comedian, is an internationally ranked public speaker with Toastmasters International, and competes internationally in slam poetry. He is an Artistic Associate of the prestigious Chicago Improv Festival.

Jesse entered the world of performance poetry in December 2006 after touring for a few years with the poetry/music/improv show he created called "The Hook." Jesse is a multiple-time finalist at international poetry competitions such as the Individual World Poetry Slam, the National Poetry Slam, the Ill List, the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam, the Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up, and the Ontario International Poetry Slam. His book, The Noise That Is Not You, has gone through multiple publications after selling out repeatedly. In 2018, Jesse was nominated for a Rhsyling Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association and appeared in its anthology of nominees. He was also a featured poet on season 5 of Lexus Verses and Flow. Videos of his poetry have been seen by millions of people all over the world and have been featured on the Huffington Post, UpWorthy,, and He concentrates on theatrical presentation, narrative structures, and themes around family, myth, and religion.

Jesse has helped to organize the local Salt Lake poetry slam series since 2007, guiding the rule-making process and serving as host, bout manager, and treasurer. He has served on the executive council for Poetry Slam, Inc., the now defunct national organization behind the National Poetry Slam, Individual World Poetry Slam, and Women of the World Poetry Slam. He has also served on the rules committee for the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) tournament. Jesse has coached both the Westminster College and University of Utah poetry slam teams.



  • The Noise That Is Not You, Sargent Press, 2012.
  • Like a Thin Veil, Lawn Gnome Publishing, 2012.
  • Hit After Hit Self Published, 2012.
  • To the Baby in My Belly (You Were Delicious), Self Published, 2010.
  • Flattened Braille, Self Published, 2008.
  • Ink on Paper, Self Published, 2007.